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Ethiopia troops seize key Somalia rebel town of El Bur

Al Shabaab still controls much of southern and central Somalia, but is under increasing pressure from Kenyan forces in the south and Ethiopian forces in the West.

Somalia: Ex-President Abdullahi Yusuf dies in exile

Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed was viewed as an obstacle to peace over his refusal to negotiate with Islamist groups and tendency to carve up positions of power along clan lines.

Yemen: Suicide bomber kills four soldiers

Later, clashes broke out near the site of the blast, during which an Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader identified as Nasser al-Zafari was reported killed.

Angela Merkel questions 2014 Afghanistan deadline

During a surprise visit to northern Afghanistan Monday, Angela Merkel said the point had not yet been reached where Germany could say, “we can pull out today.”

Somalia: Al Shabaab ambushes Ethiopian troops, killing dozens

Fighting lasted four hours, during which Al Shabaab claims to have killed 73 Ethiopians while the Somali government says it killed 48 militants.

Spanish journalist escapes from Homs

Spanish reporter Javier Espinosa, one of several Westerners who were trapped in the besieged city of Homs, has crossed safely into Lebanon from Syria, executives from his newspaper said Wednesday.

NATO pulls out of Afghan ministries after Americans shot dead in Kabul

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out in retaliation for the burning of copies of the Qur'an at a Nato base in the country.

Somali air strike kills four people

“An Al Qaeda commander was targeted in Lower Shabelle early on Friday morning, a missile struck and destroyed his vehicle, killing him and several colleagues,” a Somali government official told an international news agency.

Dozens killed and injured in attacks across Iraq

Thursday’s attacks unfolded over a two-and-a-half-hour period, and mainly targeted security forces and checkpoints in predominantly Shia areas.

Ethiopian and Somali troops seize strategic town of Baidoa from Al Shabaab militants

The town, 160 miles from the capital Mogadishu, was a stronghold for Al Shabaab, and its most important base after the southern port of Kismayo.
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